Newfoundland, Vital Statistics (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Newfoundland,  Canada
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Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years 1753-1893
Languages English
Title in the Language
FamilySearch Resources
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Newfoundland Vital Statistics Division


What is in this Collection?

This collection contains records dating from 1753 to 1893. The records include images of church record transcripts. These records contain baptisms, marriages, and some burials from many churches in the province. Burial records were not systematically gathered for this collection so only a very small number are found in the collection.

Civil registration started in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1891 and 1892. At that time, all clergy were required to register every baptism, marriage, and burial conducted within their jurisdiction. Prior to 1891, no central registry existed, so the only record of a baptism, marriage, or burial was the one held by the church. During the 1930s and 1940s, Sir John Charles Puddester was disturbed that the original parish registers were in bad condition and some of the records had been lost in fires and other disasters. So, he initiated a program of transcribing the pre-1891 church records. Burial records were not requested, although some churches did submit them. The collection contains mostly Protestant records; only 6 of the 124 volumes are Roman Catholic records. Civil registration did not exist in Newfoundland and Labrador until 1891 or 1892. The Newfoundland Registers of Vital Statics were created in order to gather birth and marriage information from churches for the time period before 1891.


To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Newfoundland Vital Statistics, 1753-1893.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Baptismal records may include:

  • Child's name
  • Names of parents
  • Date and place of birth
  • Gender of child
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Religious denomination of child
  • Father's occupation

Marriage records may include:

  • Name of groom and bride
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Marital Status
  • Occupation
  • Religion Denomination
  • Residence
  • Names of witnesses
  • Officiator at marriage

Burial records may include:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Age, gender and occupation of deceased
  • Place of birth
  • Religious denomination
  • Burial information

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

Search the Index

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page then:

  1. Fill in the search boxes with the information you know.
  2. Click Search. This will provide possible a list of matches.

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then:

  1. Select the "District/Municipality/Town"
  2. Select the "Church"
  3. Select the "Record Type and Years"

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • [Church Records] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name, especially French or Latin versions.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Canada Genealogy.
  • Search in the Canada Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Catalog

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Newfoundland, Vital Statistics, 1753-1893" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2017. Citing Vital Statistics Division. Provincial Archives, St.John's.


Image Citation:

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.

Digital images of originals housed at various municipal archives throughout Newfoundland.

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